Archive | Italy

Rome, Italy

Dear Rome, I love you.

I felt compelled to write the following upon learning that this week’s #JAchat topic is Rome. (#JAchat is a weekly Twitter travel chat that I co-host. Read here to learn more.) I’ve heard other travelers compare picking a favorite place in the world, out of all the towns, cities, and countries they’ve visited, to choosing which […]

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Bay of Naples | Mt. Vesuvius

Connecting with our family roots in Naples

Italy as a whole is a top destination for many reasons: the gastronomic delights, centuries of history, and diverse scenery, to name just a few. My main reason for wanting to visit Italy is a bit more personal. I guess you can say it’s in my blood for I am Italian-American. I can trace my […]

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Lungomare from Castel dell'Ovo | Napoli

Cities Less Traveled: Revealing “Real” Italy in Naples

It’s been said that Naples is a beautiful woman in a dirty dress. Such a description could not be more fitting. Everything you’ve heard about Naples is true: it’s chaotic and gritty. However, in keeping with the woman-in-a-dirty-dress analogy, a person’s true beauty comes from within, not what is on the outside. Naples is the […]

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The Istanbul EDITION

The trouble with luxury travel accommodations

I don’t aspire to be a luxury traveler. I’m happy to travel with my family within a conservative budget, flying in economy class and staying at clean, comfortable, mid-range hotels. Actually, since we started traveling with our children, more often than not we have chosen to stay in self-catered rentals which have spanned the luxury spectrum. The […]

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Family holidays in Sardinia: 10 reasons to take your kids to the island!

The following is a guest post from Silvia Pe, a native of the Italian island of Sardinia. Since my love for Italy is no secret, and because I haven’t been to Sardinia (yet), I invited Silvia to tell us about her magical, beautiful homeland. Let me introduce to you my Bella Sardegna… Sardinia is an […]

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Resting after running around the Kenosha lakefront

#JAchat round-up: Urban family travel

There is a new Twitter travel chat in town. It’s something to be excited about and I’m proud to be involved. It’s called #JAchat and it was started by my friend and fellow travel blogger, Pola Henderson, of Jetting Around. The main focus of Pola’s blog is city travel and culture and that theme has […]

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From the archives: A world of thanks to my mom this Mother’s Day

Wishing my mom a very happy Mother’s Day. I want to thank her for always supporting my travel endeavors, even if she is a nervous wreck every time I leave town. But she’s a mom; isn’t that how we’re supposed to be? If it weren’t for my mother, I probably would not be able to […]

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